Thursday, August 24, 2006
I have gone almost vegetarian (excluding fish) since hearing about my high cholesterol. Tonight I made my own humus - my first attempt ever and it turned out pretty good. My husband said that he would rather eat the humus that I made versus the stuff at the store any day. He will not touch the stuff at the store, but he likes mine. Yippeeee!!! I finally made something he likes. I also made black bean sloppy joes - those came out pretty good too. I retrieved these recipes from a vegetarian blog from the internet. I love it. The website I found the recipes on are all vegan and virtually fat free. I read somewhere on the internet that olive oil can actually help reduce cholesterol, so I modify my recipes to include a bit of olive oil. This also helps with taste. Oil allows the flavors to meld together a bit better and actually carries flavors. I haven't eaten any meat in the last week or two - I miss it, but not terribly. If you think about it, each person has a list of foods that we generally eat. Usually we stick to that list - this could be family familiar foods etc... I was thinking about it and my husband and I eat probably 40-60 things in rotation for meals (including all meals). I just need to shift that list a bit to include vegetarian recipes instead of meat recipes. I think the first few months are going to be challenging (and exciting at the same time), but after that it's probably going to be easy. I love snacking on edemame, carrots and fruit. It makes me feel so much better about what I am putting into my body. Maybe I can undo some of the damage I have done over the last 29 years. Tomorrow we are going to have shrimp kabobs with veggies - mmmm!